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Rep. Blumenauer to Congress: Let medical marijuana research help solve opioid crisis

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:50
The Oregon Democrat and longtime champion of medical marijuana made the remarks in testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Health hearing on proposals for ending the opioid crisis.

Right Wing UK Cannabis Activist Coughs Up $47K In Legal Fees

Toke Signals - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:41

A militant right-wing marijuana activist, Peter Reynolds, leader of British cannabis law reform pressure group, CLEAR, has been forced to hand over £36,323.86 ($47,500 USD) in legal fees to NORML UK activist Chris Bovey. The court order followed a long running battle in a defamation case brought about by Reynolds. Reynolds initially issued a defamation writ against […]

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Only two Louisiana doctors have signed up to offer medical marijuana

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 21:31
Louisiana's medical marijuana program is edging closer to kickoff, but doctors have been slow to embrace the new medication option.

Suspended NFL-er Josh Gordon says troubles started when Baylor coaches helped him pass marijuana drug tests

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 21:18
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, suspended since 2014, is admitting to his substance-abuse problems in his attempt to return to the field.

Kentucky gov rips Colorado legalization; state's marijuana adviser says laws evolving

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 21:17
Marijuana legalization is a "sucker's bet" that has had negative consequences in Colorado and is not right for Kentucky, the Bluegrass State's Gov. Matt Bevin said this week.

Legalization Supporting Mayoral Candidate Went “Homeless” in NYC

Weed News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:11
I didn’t know what to expect when interviewing New York City mayoral candidate Mike Tolkin. Some third-party candidates can be very eccentric and New York has had it’s fair share; it is...

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How many Californians will be able to buy recreational cannabis on Jan. 1?

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:28
The world’s biggest marijuana market will open for business in less than three months, as marijuana sales for anyone 21 and older become legal in California.

Man who caused fracas when he tried to open plane door had consumed edible

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:55
Joseph Daniel Hudek, 23, says in new court documents that he had ingested edible marijuana before the flight and insists he poses no danger if he's not high.

Guy takes orders for weed on Facebook Live. It doesn't end well

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:29
Milwaukee prosecutors arrested a 20-year-old man they say used Facebook Live to arrange marijuana sales.

Cannabis use reduces opioids, Pharma meds

The Leaf Online - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:59

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org Investigators […]

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Without Congressional action, medical marijuana at risk from Sessions

Cannabist - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:38
State medical marijuana programs, existing and in progress, could be grounded if Congress fails to extend limits on federal prosecution.

U.K.: Parliament Votes Unanimously on Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:22
Legislation that would legalize medical cannabis has been approved through its first reading in the U.K. Parliament.

The proposal, introduced by MP Paul Flynn, was passed on a unanimous vote.

“The bill went through its first reading today without opposition,” said Flynn in an interview with Marijuana.com. “The other matter, which was of more importance is that a few hundred people gathered up here and broke the law. I invited them here and suggest they [consume cannabis] because the law has proved to be an ass.”

Flynn noted that he was thankful that there were no arrests at the protest. “They could have been thrown into jail for five years for what they did. I think we’ve got to say to the government now, if they are so cowardly and unintelligent as to believe that an illegal market is better than a legal market, it is up to the public to prove that [they] are wrong.”

Flynn says that he “didn’t take any cannabis today but I would have if there had been any arrests. I would have joined in solidarity, having made the call for people to do it. People were using cannabis in cakes, in drinks and used as a vapor.”

Parliament is expected to hold a second reading for Flynn’s measure in February.

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Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

NORML Blog - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:54

Former Attorney General Eric Holder Photo by Ryan Johnson

In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this strange place,” in regards to potential changes in current policy held up by what is known as The Cole Memo.

Authored by US Deputy Attorney General James Cole in 2013 to US attorneys in all 50 states, the memo directs prosecutors not to interfere with state legalization efforts and those licensed to engage in the plant’s production and sale, provided that such persons do not engage in marijuana sales to minors or divert the product to states that have not legalized its use, among other guidelines.

Despite Holder’s comments, he took no action while he had the power as the Attorney General to deschedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

Jeff Sessions has a long history of advocating for the failed policies of the “Just Say No” era — policies that resulted in the arrests of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens who possessed personal use amounts of marijuana.

This comes as Congress is currently debating the extension of federal protections for the 30 state lawful medical marijuana programs and the 16 state lawful limited CBD access programs, know as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment.

At a time when the majority of states now regulate marijuana use, and where six out of ten votes endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or cultural perspective to try to put this genie back in the bottle. It is high time that members of Congress take action to comport federal law with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status.

Take action to contact your federal lawmakers and urge them to support the descheduling of marijuana to prevent Jeff Sessions from implementing a crack-down on marijuana consumers. 

What Are The N.J. Gubernatorial Candidates’ Views On Marijuana Policy?

Weed News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:45
The outcome of the Governor’s race in New Jersey is going to be very important for legalization efforts in New Jersey, and with it, momentum for reform efforts in the rest of the nation. Below...

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North Dakota state employees will be discouraged from using medical marijuana

Cannabist - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:14
The assistant attorney general for North Dakota said that the state is moving to "zero tolerance" for state employee use of medical marijuana.

Rhode Island: NCIA Hosts Cannabis Caucus Event For Industry Entrepreneurs

Weed News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:45
As the cannabis industry begins to wrap up 2017, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) will host a Northeast Cannabis Caucus on Tuesday, October 10, in...

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Time is now to speak up about planned changes to Colorado marijuana regs

Cannabist - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:33
Colorado marijuana regulations are a-changing, and you have a chance to weigh in. There are a number of additions regarding Colorado cannabis research, including clinical applications and study of pesticide use.

Kentucky: Republican Senate Caucus Chairman Proposes Legalization

Weed News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:18
I received the following alert out of Kentucky today: Kentucky’s lack of progress on marijuana policy reform has been frustrating, but it appears that the tide may finally be turning. Last...

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Missouri: Support Jeff Mizanskey’s Team

Weed News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:30
Jeff Mizanskey served over two decades in prison in Missouri after he was sentenced to life in prison for cannabis only offenses. Fortunately, Jeff has been out for awhile now, and has been a...

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Michigan: MMFLA News And Update

Weed News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:51
Information is developing weekly in the quest to build Michigan’s new medical marijuana business program. In a press release issued yesterday the Michigan Department of Licensing and...

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